Arkansas Survives Wofford To Advance

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JACKSONVILLE (KFSM)- Arkansas spent the past seven years away from the NCAA Tournament but only needed one night to get reacquainted with March Madness.

Arkansas battled through more than a dozen lead changes but got a crucial three-point play from Alandise Harris in the final two minutes as the Hogs survived Wofford 56-53 to move to the third round.

Wofford missed a pair of three-pointers in the final six seconds to allow Arkansas to escape.

"I told our guys (Wofford) just ran out of time," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. "Thank goodness they ran out of time."

Arkansas will face North Carolina at 7:40 on Saturday.

Michael Qualls led Arkansas with 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting while Bobby Portis finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

"It was a a great feeling to win your first NCAA game," Portis said. "Shout out to Wofford. they came out. They packed the punch tonight. You could tell they wanted it but I'm proud of my team. They stepped up and we just wanted it a little bit more."

Karl Cochran missed a three pointer with  six seconds left but the Terriers got the rebound. Eric Garcia missed a three at the buzzer to end the game.

"A win is a win so, I'm happy that our guys just fought tonight and just won tonight," Qualls said.

Despite having a major advantage in size, Arkansas was outrebounded 37-35 and allowed 14 offensive rebounds. Wofford also protected the basketball as they had just eight turnovers.

"We can win a lot of different ways," Anderson said. "We showed that tonight."